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8x25 Leupold Olympic vs 8x28 Vortex Fury

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8x25 Leupold Olympic vs 8x28 Vortex Fury

Postby JT on Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:55 am

I`m looking for a nice and more compact hunting binocular @ around $200 to $250. What is your assessment or comparison between these two? Feel, handling, optics, etc. etc.................Thanks.........
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Postby Jne_K on Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:13 pm

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Not going to go wrong with either, but I like the Fury. For me it handles and balances a bit nicer and it also has a better FOV. 273ft/1000 yards is a bit skimpy for an 8x.
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Postby ET on Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:27 pm

Why not go with the 8x32 Fury? A bit heavier, still pretty compact, and
Field of View 412 ft./1000 yds.
ET
 

Vortex Fury 8x28

Postby BobB on Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:09 pm

I recently purchased the Fury 8x28's. They are about the smallest binoculars that will work comfortably with my hands. Plus at 11.8 oz they are very lightweight binoculars. I've found that 25 mm objective lensed "opera-glasses" are just too small and too dainty for my hands. Also, unfortunately, my eyes are set fairly wide apart, thus almost all reverse poro's (and there are some good one's out there) do not open wide enough for me to use. So for me, binoculars begin with 27 or 28 mm objective lenses and with an overall length of at least 4.5", otherwise my hands are asked to do too much in too small of a space.

The 8x28 Fury's are a perfect sized take-along binocular FOR ME, but they sacrifice image quality for that compact size/weight. The image is good, but certainly not great. In order to save weight the 8x28's have less lenses than the mid-size 8x32's. Each lens has to do more resulting in a bit less resolution. The 8x32's have a five element eyepiece, plus bigger objective lenses; consequently at 22 oz they weigh amost twice the weight of the 8x28's. If one is going that big, then why not go to the Nikon Monarch 8x36 (actually smaller in size and weight and only a few dollars more)? And if one is going that big, why not go to the full size Nikon Monarch 8x42's with great lenes for the money (That weigh less than the Fury 8x32's)? Why indeed - because one wants a smaller lightweight, compact binocular (the above was my overall reasoning in deciding on 8x28's). Thus you have to accept some sacrifice in image quality.

All that said. Keep looking, find what your looking for and try them out in your hands. Compact binoculars leave little room for error, they will either work for you or they will not for you! What works for me may not work for you.

The Fury 8x28's are good and superlight for me (take a look at my review), but I could never find a pair of 8x28 Hurricane's to try out???? The 8x28 Hurricane's weigh 2.2 oz more but are much more sturdy plus for a $90 savings they may not sacrifice too much optical quality???? But who knows, I could never find a pair to try? Good luck.
BobB
 

Vortex Fury 8x28

Postby BobB on Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:30 pm

I recently purchased the Fury 8x28's. They are about the smallest binoculars that will work comfortably with my hands. Plus at 11.8 oz they are very lightweight binoculars. I've found that 25 mm objective lensed "opera-glasses" are just too small and too dainty for my hands. Also, unfortunately, my eyes are set fairly wide apart, thus almost all reverse poro's (and there are some good one's out there) do not open wide enough for me to use. So for me, binoculars begin with 27 or 28 mm objective lenses and with an overall length of at least 4.5", otherwise my hands are asked to do too much in too small of a space.

The 8x28 Fury's are a perfect sized take-along binocular FOR ME, but they sacrifice image quality for that compact size/weight. The image is good, but certainly not great. In order to save weight the 8x28's have less lenses than the mid-size 8x32's. Each lens has to do more resulting in a bit less resolution. The 8x32's have a five element eyepiece, plus bigger objective lenses; consequently at 22 oz they weigh amost twice the weight of the 8x28's. If one is going that big, then why not go to the Nikon Monarch 8x36 (actually smaller in size and weight and only a few dollars more)? And if one is going that big, why not go to the full size Nikon Monarch 8x42's with great lenes for the money (That weigh less than the Fury 8x32's)? Why indeed - because one wants a smaller lightweight, compact binocular (the above was my overall reasoning in deciding on 8x28's). Thus you have to accept some sacrifice in image quality.

All that said. Keep looking, find what your looking for and try them out in your hands. Compact binoculars leave little room for error, they will either work for you or they will not for you! What works for me may not work for you.

The Fury 8x28's are good and superlight for me (take a look at my review), but I could never find a pair of 8x28 Hurricane's to try out???? The 8x28 Hurricane's weigh 2.2 oz more but are much more sturdy plus for a $90 savings they may not sacrifice too much optical quality???? But who knows, I could never find a pair to try? Good luck.
BobB
 

Postby ET on Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:20 am

Pricewise, you can get an Excursion 8x32 for 125 dollars
http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-ex ... 40832.html

Once a gain heavier, and a bit wider field than the 8x28 Fury.
ET
 

Re: Vortex Fury 8x28

Postby KenProspero on Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:50 am

BobB wrote:

The Fury 8x28's are good and superlight for me (take a look at my review), but I could never find a pair of 8x28 Hurricane's to try out???? The 8x28 Hurricane's weigh 2.2 oz more but are much more sturdy plus for a $90 savings they may not sacrifice too much optical quality???? But who knows, I could never find a pair to try? Good luck.


I recently got a pair of the 8x28 Hurricanes. I've posted a a review on epinions.

Bottom line -- they're currently on sale for $90. Considering the combination of (1) size/weight, (2) optics and (3) price, I think it's worth serious consideration. However, change any one of the three and you should look elsewhere. I.e., (i) I think you can find better optics for the price if you're willing to give a bit on the size (Leupold 6x30 Yosemite, for example), (ii) there are cheaper/smaller models, but IMO, the optics suck and (iii) if you're willing to spend more $ -- well, you can do better.

Overall, though, as a pair to throw in a the work for me.
KenProspero